Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.77
Liaison Teddy Lhoutellier
Submission Date May 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Miami
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Teddy Lhoutellier
Sustainability Manager
Environmental Health and Safety
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

Mission Statement of the Sustainability Committee at UM:

The Sustainability Committee is composed of a panel of diverse stakeholders and community members of our campus. It strives to promote a culture of environmental awareness through the university community, making sustainability one of the core value of our institution; we want to engage our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community as whole in improving our ecological footprint.
We want to diffuse sustainable practices that acknowledge the necessary balance between humans and their surrounding environment, and that minimize the impacts on our natural resources;
At the U, we transform lives through teaching, research and service. The mission of this committee is to develop an operational model that guarantees commitment to sustainability.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Teddy Lhoutellier- Sustainability Manager;
Jose Varona-Ass. Director Energy Systems;
Janet Gavarete - AVP Planning and Development;
Gilbert Arias-AVP Student Affairs;
Brian Gitlin-AVP Real Estate;
Jon Baldessari-Ex. Dir. Housing residence life Facilities;
Ken Capezzuto -Ex Dir. EHS;
Gina Maranto - Director of Graduate Studies Ecosystem Science and Policy;
Denis Hector -Chair of Department of Architecture;
Robin Bachin -Ex. Dir. Office of Civic and Community Engagement;
Richard Jones - AVP Design & Construction;
Son Vo -Senior Facilities manager;
Karin Scarpinato - Assistant Provost research administration;
Amy Lopez -Director Sourcing Supply Chain;
Sandra Redway - Ex. Dir. Auxiliary Services;
Lluvia Resendiz - Parking and transportation manager;
Christina Wooching -Wellness Program Administrator;
Nika Hosseini -ECO Student Government Chair.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Green U - Office of Sustainability is located on the main campus. Its mission is to promote sustainability initiatives, and to monitor and report on the institution's progress on our sustainability action plan goals.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Teddy Lhoutellier - Sustainability manager

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Our Sustainability manager coordinates the planning for our 3 campuses.Our main campus and our Marine and Atmospheric Science campuses have originally been proactive in getting sustainability on the agenda since the 2000's. Since 2015, a newly formed Green Committee at Miller is heading sustainability efforts on our School of Medicine campus.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability manager

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the sustainability officer position:


The Sustainability manager will facilitate the University of Miami’s move towards sustainability by working with staff, students, faculty, and administrators to provide the knowledge, skills, and motivation that will integrate sustainable values and practices into the University’s Strategic planning processes; the management of its resources and operations; facilities planning and design; research activities; the curriculum; and the extra-curricular life at the University.
• Provide updated sustainability information for the Office of Sustainability’s website
• Develop the university’s GHG inventory and Sustainability Action Plans
• Prepare for submitting all sustainability reports, such as ACUPCC-2nd Nature Carbon emission reports and AASHE STARS report.
• Coordinate meetings of the Sustainability Committees on the 3 campuses
• Participate in other campus sustainable group meetings including student groups, and especially the Student Government ECO Agency
• Network with local, regional, and international sustainability-related initiatives
• Identify sustainable initiatives and assess their feasibility at the University
• Research sustainable grant opportunities
• Interact with student organizations on sustainable initiatives and organization sponsored activities
• Interact with University community, faculty and staff on sustainable initiatives
• Facilitate events like Recycle Mania, earth day, water day, Arbor Day...
• Facilitate the energy and water conservation contest by participating in the Campus Conservation Nationals
• Develop sustainable information packets and online modules for incoming freshmen
• Facilitate Green Office, Green Lab and other Sustainable best practices Programs for staff, faculty and students
• Benchmark with other university’s sustainable programs through the AASHE STARS report
• Help publicize, through the University Community Relations, the University sustainable initiatives and progress
• Report to the Director of EHS and VP of Business Services on the state of sustainability at UM and key initiatives that could advance sustainability
• Develop pilot project concepts for new initiatives
• Work with Faculty and UM Divisions to bring initiatives across all to aggressively reduce our carbon footprint.
• Elaborate educational workshops and webinars for staff and faculty

Ability to develop/analyze reports.
Must have excellent written and verbal (especially teaching and public speaking) communication skills.
Proficiency in MS Office, basic graphic design software, basic photo and video editing programs (e-mail newsletter, and social media).
Knowledge of generally accepted greenhouse gas accounting principles and practices.
High organizational skills.
Must be independent and take charge of projects.
Being a team worker.
Good supervising skills (recruiting, training and delegating tasks to a small team of student-interns).

Bachelor's or Master's Degree (Preferred) in environmental science, sustainability, or related area. LEED Green Associate certified is a plus

Three (3) years in sustainability or environmental field specifically within a managerial role.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Office of Sustainability Intern

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Desired Skills
You are very well organized
You can work independently, and are familiar with remote access to shared documents
You have excellent research and writing skills
Grant writing experience a plus

You will be part of the leadership team at Green U, working on the funding aspect of different sustainability initiatives (recycling audits, native landscaping, composting, sustainability educational outreach, green building educational program)
1st part: Grant and funding opportunities research
2nd part: Application packets preparation for grants and funding programs identified in part 1.
Deliverable: completion of 2 grant applications or funding programs.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Work Study Intern shared between the Office of Sustainability and Energy Systems Management

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

1- Green U-Office of Sustainability:
Student will monitor, report and promote current Single Stream Recycling program and other waste diversion programs (Toner, Coffee, ..)
Student will promote current Green programs (office, labs, events) by presenting to faculty and student groups
Student will help Green U with Sustainability reports data collection (STARS, GHG Inventory, Waste Diversion)
Student will help the Sustainability manager organize, promote and assess Green events

2-Facilities Energy Management:
Student will be supporting energy/resource conservation audits, utility rates and payback/ROI analysis, as well as the definition of functional and project requirements (objectives and goals) for successful completion.
Student will be monitoring & reporting on project progress, milestones, objectives and issues within specified frequency. In addition, student shall track & report on project budget within specified frequency.
Makes frequent and ongoing visits to all departments to stay apprised of conditions or problems; and to also obtain feedback regarding customer energy/resource conservation efforts.

Desired Skills
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, with ability to effectively handle conflict resolution and problem solving.
• Must have excellent people skills in order to build positive relationships with staff, customers and stakeholders.
• Must have good leadership skills and Lead by Example.
• Must be able to multi-task with strong prioritization, scheduling and delegation abilities.
• Must have excellent organizational skills.
• Has intermediate to advanced knowledge of data analysis and business software (to include: Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel).

Student will be assigned deliverable every Monday and will go over a debriefing the following Monday.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.